500 dead in Sierra Leone mudslides

Dhaka,  Tue,  26 September 2017
Published : 21 Aug 2017, 14:30:35
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Death toll climbs to near 500 in Sierra Leone mudslides

500 dead in Sierra Leone mudslides
Sierra Leone hospital officials on Sunday announced the toll had risen to nearly 500 in the mudslides and flooding earlier this week.

More than 600 people remain missing and rescue officials have warned that the chances of finding survivors are decreasing each day. The death toll earlier stood at 450.

The Inter-Religious Council called for the services to be held Sunday in honour of the deceased, as special prayers and recitals were offered in mosques Friday and Sunday.

The preacher at Buxton Memorial Methodist Church in Freetown, the capital, offered a sermon that looked at mankind's contribution to the disaster, as a gospel band rendered the song "Papa God Sorry for Salone (Sierra Leone)."

Large-scale-burials have taken place all this week amid rainy weather that threatened further mudslides, according to AP.
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